When the Ravens cut former pro bowl returner Jacoby Jones this past off-season, it was seen more as a financial move than an indictment on his abilities. Although he was coming off a down year filled with miscue's, most thought he was just going through a rough patch which he would bounce back from. Ravens fans even were seen lamenting his exit as late as the middle of the current season, but they surely did not watch much of him this season.
The Chargers surely thought that, pouncing on Jones as the salve for their returning woe's, signing him to a 2 year, $5.5 million contract mere 9 days after he hit the market. However, Jones disappointed for the Chargers, suffering an injury in week 1 which caused him to miss a few weeks, and when healthy posting his lowest kick return average since his rookie season in 2007 with the Houston Texans and a minus-4 in punt return yards. The only positive thing to say about his tenure in San Diego was that he didn't turn the ball over for them. Jones was cut by the Chargers less than 2 months into the season.
The Steelers then took a flyer on their former rival, signing him the next day to replace former draft bust Dri Archer. Jacoby then returning kicks and punts for them for the past 4 weeks. His performance has been nothing special, with a kickoff return long of 36 yards and a punt return long of 14 yards. But this past week against the Colts, he showed his is not over his fumbling ways, committing his second and third fumbles of his short Steelers tenure, losing one of them. Lucky for him, the defense would bail him out with an interception of a Matt Hasselback pass, not to mention QB Ben Roethlisberger lighting up the Colts all game in a blowout victory.
Jones was benched following his second fumble of the game, and is likely done for good as a returner in the NFL. Jacoby was great for us on the biggest stage, and most Ravens fans have much gratitude to him for that. It is unfortunate that he will be going out on these terms, but the NFL is a 'what have you done for me lately league' and Jacoby is just the latest in a long line of victims.